Suzuki Recursion Concept — Turbocharging For The Masses

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This is the first photo of the Suzuki Recursion Concept, which will debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show on November 23. Equipped with a 588 cc, turbocharged and intercooled parallel-twin it's supposed to be light, affordable and fun to ride. Joining it in Tokyo will be Suzuki's first electric motorcycle.

Update: Reader Lourens shares this video of an internal product presentation on the Recursion, revealing many details of what suddenly looks like a very production-ready bike.

"The Recursion compact roadster has a styling that gives form to the love of motorcycles, while striking a balance between the running performance of a large displacement motorcycle and the easy handling and economy of a middle displacement motorcycle," states Suzuki.

The company goes on to use words like "easy handling," "torquey," "economy" and "exhilarating" to describe the bike.

What we see is a sporty, but practical motorcycle that should be equally at home in town as it will be on a mountain road. A parallel-twin's packaging benefits over a V-twin can mean a shorter wheelbase and more weight over the front wheel. Components like the single front brake disc, USD forks and single-sided swingarm appear to be relatively high-spec, at least on this concept version.

Is this the next SV650? Suzuki says, "True to the name, Recursion is a model that brings back the basics of riding excitement in the diverse ways a motorcycle can be enjoyed."

Suzuki Recursion concept specs
Suzuki Recursion concept specs

99 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 74 lb.-ft. of torque at just 4,500 gives the Recursion concept an impressively broad, torquey power delivery. In comparison, a GSX-R600 develops only 51 lb.-ft. at a sky-high 11,500 rpm. All that torque will have to motivate only 384 lbs of (dry) weight.

Suzuki Recursion Frame
Suzuki Recursion Concept Frame

As on the Yamaha FZ-09, it appears as if the Recursions aluminum beam frame goes over the engine, helping keep the bike very narrow. Something immediately apparent in the top-down view above.

Suzuki Recursion Concept
Suzuki Recursion Concept

The full-color, three-screen dash is the most concept-like part of this bike. We'd expect something much more down-to-earth if (and again, this thing looks very production-ready) the Recursion is brought to market.

Suzuki Recursion
Suzuki Recursion Concept

The LED running lights and (potentially) LED headlight are reminiscent of the EBR 1190RX, but here more neatly integrated into the Recursion's design.

Suzuki Extrigger
Suzuki Extrigger

Moving on, ain't this little thing cute? It's Suzuki's very first all-electric concept bike and, to us, looks to be of a similar size and purpose to the Honda Grom and, according to the company, "was developed to give more people the chance to find out the fun of a motorcycle."

The Suzuki Extrigger houses an electric motor and batteries inside a beefy aluminum perimeter frame and is equipped with big bike components like an equally beefy aluminum swingarm, USD forks and wavy disc brakes, albeit ones clamped by single-piston calipers.

"The name EXTRIGGER is coined from EX, which stands for Electric CROSS (X) over, and TRIGGER, which means a chance. Our desire to give people a chance to get interested in motorcycles with this model is put into its name," explains Suzuki.

Suzuki also plans to unveil new technologies at the Tokyo Motor Show. Details are slim, but those will include "Radar Brake Support," a "Dual Jet Engine," an "Air-Cooled Fuel Cell" for the Burgman scooter, a "next generation lightweight platform" and a new infotainment system.

Radar Brake Support is a technology we've seen in cars for at least a decade now. There, it uses radar to monitor the proximity and relative speed of other vehicles, helping the driver apply additional brake pressure should a rear-end collision become imminent.

The word "jet" in "Dual Jet Engine" confuses us, but we assume it refers to a fuel-injector. Adding a second injector into each cylinder can help precisely tailor the flow of gasses into and during the combustion cycle, leading to greater efficiency and a wider spread of torque and power.

But it's that lightweight platform which intrigues us most. Could Suzuki be employing radical new materials and technology to propose a new configuration for a motorcycle chassis to help bring weight down? If so, could such a solution be included on the next generation GSX-R or another performance motorcycle? It'll be hard to beat the Ducati 1199 Panigale's "frameless" arrangement.

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